September 22, 2008

Family Prayers for Orphans

One of the ways our family seeks to serve orphans is by praying for them at supper time. I've had the opportunity to travel to orphanages in China and Ethiopia. So I printed out pictures of orphans I've had the privilege of meeting on those trips and put them on our refrigerator. Each time we eat supper our children choose a different orphan to pray for. Once they've made their choice and have the picture of their orphan in hand, we talk about what it means for God to be a "father of the fatherless" and how He adopts us into His family. We then take turns praying for each of their orphans.

On Saturday our youngest (4) prayed for the little girl pictured in the middle of the far right column. Here's what he prayed:

"Father, thank you for my wonderful family; and I love the orphan that I chose today. Give her a mommy and a daddy, some toys, a couch, and lots of food to eat for her tummy. In Jesus' name. Amen."

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